The duchess has regularly been updating social media accounts with her and William’s latest charitable endeavours during the coronavirus lockdown.
Now expert Leslie Carroll has revealed that Meghan Markle’s overseas departure, made it more likely that Kate could follow in Diana’s footsteps as a modern-day people’s princess without feeling overshadowed.
Ms Carroll told Express.co.uk: “ Meghan has the warmth and accessibility that Diana had, which are some of the qualities that Harry fell in love with when he met her.
“That said—in Meghan’s absence, and particularly during the Coronavirus lockdown, Kate has been compelled to step to the forefront a lot more.
“Even from behind her keyboard and computer screen, she has become more visible and accessible.
“She is naturally more diffident than Meghan; the openness with strangers doesn’t come naturally to her, although she can speak candidly on subjects close to her heart, such as parenting,” the author added.
Kate will now face the mounting pressures of royal engagements following Megxit, alongside being a mother to three children, which will undoubtedly keep her busy in coming months.
Coronavirus restrictions could also see the duchess spending a lot more time in the UK without much international travel or royal tours.
The UK is currently enforcing a 14 day isolation period from the 8th of June or those returning from overseas travel.
Ms Carroll said: “What made Diana the “people’s princess” was her global/international appeal and her outreach to those among us who have least—victims of land mines; AIDS patients, children dying of malnutrition.
“No one was insignificant to her. She hugged people. She didn’t “appear to” care about people. She genuinely cared.
“We have seen this with Meghan even before she met Harry: she travelled to India to learn about why such an overwhelming percentage of girls dropped out of school in their adolescence.
The expert questioned whether Kate will in the future “step outside of her comfort zone.”
“Will we see something like this with Kate, beyond designing children’s gardens in London? She’s charming and poised and beautiful, but I’ve yet to see her really step far outside her comfort zone as Diana did, and as Meghan did years ago.
“It’s about not caring if you get grubby; risking your life, if need be, to place others first. That’s what makes a “people’s princess.”
It comes as a Kensington Palace spokesperson released a statement on Wednesday criticising a recent piece in Tatler magazine on the duchess.
They said in a written statement: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.”
The cover story for the July/August edition of Tatler magazine is titled Catherine the Great and focuses on Kate’s ascension through the ranks of the monarchy.
The article also claims that Kate had been left angry about the increased royal workload, caused by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepping back from royal duties and moving to America.
There is also a section that describes a disagreement between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, which allegedly took place back in 2018, over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Tatler hit back at Kensington Palace: ”Tatler’s editor-in-chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her sources.
“Kensington Palace knew we were running the Catherine the Great cover months ago and we asked them to work together on it.
“The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false.”